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Survey Identifies Options and Solutions
Date: January 13, 2018 03:21PM

Survey Identifies Options and Solutions

A growing awareness about mass incarceration and the collateral consequences for children and families in the U.S. has resulted in a proliferation of activity focused on children with incarcerated parents and their families including research, advocacy, and direct service interventions.

To get a handle on the breath of the initiatives being undertaken and to develop guidance for U.S. states and territories on how to provide more support for children and their caregivers who are impacted by the incarceration or justice-involvement of family members, the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, and The Bay Area Children with Incarcerated Parents Partnership conducted a survey of current state level policy and practice concerning children with incarcerated parents.

The survey sought to identify initiatives and legislation focused on reducing the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. The survey also sought to identify the agencies implementing the initiatives including Education, Corrections, Child Welfare, Health, and others within state government, that intersect with this population.

Examples of state-wide initiatives that the survey sought to identify included things like:
• Children’s cabinet, task force, commission, institute, or other central bodies that are charged with addressing children with incarcerated parents.
• Staff training that is statewide within specific agencies (e.g., child welfare, education, corrections, probation/parole, etc.) regarding children with incarcerated parents and their families.
• Policies and procedures such as:
o A model or policy for law enforcement on how to respond to children when arresting their parent or caregiver.
o Judges’ consideration, at the time of sentencing, of Family Impact (or Responsibility) Statements for defendants with children.
o Prison policies oriented toward children (e.g., free phone calls between incarcerated parents and children; family-specific visiting policies).
o Extension of the Adoption and Safe Families Act timeline for incarcerated parents.
o Procedures for stopping the accrual of child support debt during an obligor’s incarceration
• Programs for children or families such as:
o Parenting program offered in all state or territory prisons.
o Services to children with incarcerated parents and their families through federal or state funded programs such as The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program or Early Head Start/Head Start.
o Transportation or prison visiting program funded by state agencies (e.g., corrections or child welfare).
• Tracking and/or sharing data regarding children with incarcerated parents and their families such as:
o Child welfare tracking the number of children in their care with an incarcerated parent.
o Corrections tracking the number of incarcerated parents of minor children.
• Legislation allocating funding to programs for children with incarcerated parents and their families.

The survey of all U.S. states and territories was completed in November. The findings are now being organized and clarified in order to identify statewide policies, practices, initiatives and legislation focused on reducing the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. The findings of effective and promising strategies from different states and territories as well as recommendations for implementation are scheduled for publication in Fall 2018.

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